An introduction to EAL in the primary phase
An understanding of the needs and abilities of EAL learners is essential for all teachers.
The great majority of teachers across the country may now expect to work with minority ethnic pupils at some point in their career, and mainly white schools in almost all areas may expect to admit minority ethnic pupils more frequently than in the past. (Cline et al, 2002:2)
In many areas of the country the number of bilingual learners and the diversity of languages and backgrounds from which they come are increasing. The Guardian has produced an interactive maphttp://www.education.gov.uk/areas-and-establishments showing the breakdown of each local authority by the percentage of EAL learners, ethnic minority learners and learners eligible for free school meals. Similar data is now available on a school by school basis using the DfE’s Compare Schools tool.
This page is an archive of the ITE professional module first published in 2009 (Contributing Author: Maggie Gravelle)